New proposed drilling laws focus on the hydraulic fracturing process and not the cleanup

New proposed rules outline reinforcement requirements for oil and gas wells, as well as the process for drilling near active underground mines and the type of chemicals that can be used in fracing, an article in the Chronicle Tribune reports.

Although proponents of oil and gas drilling say that the process of hydraulic fracturing has been used safely for decades, critics say that the process itself is not what needs tighter regulation. Environmentalists and local officials claim the rules do not go far enough, insisting that the storage and disposal of the chemically laced water that is leftover after the hydraulic fracturing process is a serious threat to public health. For more, read the full story here.